Doña Ana County

COVID-19 Joint Information Center - November 18, 2020

COVID-19 Joint Information Center - November 18, 2020

Media contact: Catherine Zaharko, Doña Ana County  |  575-525-5801 |

OBJECTIVE: To streamline communication between local government agencies during the COVID-19 response. Partner organizations include city and county representatives, local hospitals, the Department of Health, jail and prison facilities, first responders, the Las Cruces Public School district, the Town of Mesilla, City of Anthony, City of Sunland Park, and the Village of Hatch.

JIC members collaborate on a weekly conference call at 10 a.m. on Wednesdays. The notes compiled during that call are made available at and

Regional updates:

City of Anthony

Chief Vanessa Ordoñez, Anthony Police Dept.

Oscar Dominguez, City Manager

APD staff is working by appointment only. 

  • The City shut down all non-essential services (MVD, City Clerk, Library) 11/16-11/30. 

Announcement on our website:

City of Sunland Park

Capt. Dennis Schoen, Sunland Park Fire

No report.

City of Las Cruces

Jennifer Martinez

Steve Ramirez

Updates for the City of Las Cruces:

City Makes Changes in Response to Governor's Health Orders:

Branigan Library Grab and Go and Computer Lab Access

Las Cruces Police / Las Cruces Fire

Dan Trujillo

LCP/F has launched a social media campaign thanking health care workers.  Temp checks at secure door to LCP.  Lobby open on Monday and Thursday.

Las Cruces Public Schools

Samantha Lewis

Kelly Jameson

All staff are working from home with the exception of janitorial and facilities staff.  Special ed and athletics have been suspended.

Doña Ana County

Catherine Zaharko

Luce Rubio

Jamie Michael

County departments are working with limited staff and the rest are teleworking. 

Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Office

Andrea Ferrales-Nevarez

Office open only on Wednesdays.  Staff available by phone.

Doña Ana County Detention Center

Capt. Bryan Baker

No report.

Village of Hatch

Chief Tim Thornton, Hatch PD

No report.

Town of Mesilla

Dorothy Sellers

Town Hall employees will begin teleworking starting Monday, November 23, 2020.  Town Hall, parks and Plaza are all closed.

Memorial Medical Center

Ryan Perkins

Work continues on a video in partnership with Mountain View RMC to alert community to use precaution during the upcoming holidays.  Also defining the difference between your household and extended family.

MountainView Regional Medical Center

Ben Woods

Ben Woods thanked everyone for help with the “thank you healthcare workers” campaign.  Honk for healthcare at noon today in the Mountain View RMC parking lot. 

New Mexico State University

Justin Bannister

NMSU campus is only open to students, faculty and staff.  Spring semester will be a hybrid of online and on-campus classes. 

Office of Emergency Management

Cullen Combs

Amanda Bowen

Nothing new to report.

Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility

Lt. Carlos Reyes

No report.

State of NM Aging & Long-Term Services

Andrea Ferrales-Nevarez, Ombudsman Program

Many residents of nursing and assisted living facilities are having “failure to thrive” and thought cards from the community might help.  Kelly from LCPS will get with art teachers to see if they can help by making cards. 

Mesilla Valley Regional Dispatch Authority

Hugo Costa, Executive Director

No report.

U.S. Border Patrol, El Paso Sector

Officer Joseph Barron

Due to staffing constraints, CBP will not be contributing daily updates to the Joint Information Center. Occasional messages will be passed along via email as necessary.   

NM Department of Health

David Morgan

Testing sites:

Las Cruces DOH

Anthony DOH

Sunland Park DOH